Total loan: $4,775

Virgen Del Rosario Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy kitchen utensils, a blender, a mixer, spices, baskets and buckets.

Virgen Del Rosario Group's story

Beans, corn rice, squash and meat, along with small freshly made corn tortillas, are the principle items found in most Guatemalan dishes. Marta, a 55 year old widow whose husband died 30 years ago, has raised her 3 children earning income from her prepared food business. She was able to send each to elementary school. The children have grown up and have their own families. Marta has continued the business and wants to remodel her kitchen. After planning carefully, is requesting her 3rd KIVA loan. She would like to buy kitchen utensils,a blender, a mixer, spices, baskets and buckets, Marta shares that she will be able to offer better customer service and meet the needs of her most demanding patrons. Marta is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Virgen del Rosario”in the department/state of Chimaltenango. Along with 6 other ladies, she looks forward to the monthly meetings whan loan payments are promptly made. Then, a Facilitator from Friendship Bridge conducts an educational training. The women learn about effective business management practices, healthy habits and good nutrition. They learn about women’s empowerment, women’s rights and women’s roles. In the process they gain self esteem. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services. The combination of loans, education and health carer is called “Microcredit Plus”. Thank you KIVA investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of these women!